SPRINT6GOLF plays over six holes and, using a timer, ensures golfers play their shots quickly
A quicker, shorter format of golf for players of all ages and abilities, SPRINT6GOLF, has been launched, with several key golf governing bodies supporting the new concept, along with Paul McGinley, Eddie Jordan and Gareth Bale.
SPRINT6GOLF is played over just six holes and uses a free mobile app with a 30-second shot clock to ensure a flowing and continuous pace of play.
Tom Critchley, the son of Sky Sports commentator and ex-Walker Cup player Bruce Critchley, came up with the idea.
“For a couple of years now golf fans and media have been calling for a shorter, quicker form of golf. No one else was coming forward with the answer and I’d had this idea for a while, so it was a logical step to create SPRINT6GOLF” explained Tom.
“The support from the golf industry was instant, with both England Golf and The Golf Foundation keen to see us succeed.
"Both organisations saw that SPRINT6GOLF addresses many of the current issues with golf by shortening the time required to play and making it more accessible, thus bringing a whole new generation of fans into the sport and enabling existing golfers to play more often.
“We are starting at grassroots level to give anyone the opportunity to enjoy SPRINT6GOLF, but our vision is to show how exciting and dynamic it can be when the best players in the world start competing in professional tournaments.”
2014 Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has spoken about the need for a new format to increase participation, commenting, “SPRINT6GOLF is a very exciting and innovative new golf format that will be good for the game. I think it will bring a new audience to the sport, and I’m really looking forward to playing in the first championship.”
European Tour CEO Keith Pelley has also been quick to show his support for the new concept, commenting, “We wish everyone involved with SPRINT6GOLF every success for their launch and for their future endeavours. Innovation and having fun are the keys to broadening golf’s appeal to all ages and this new format certainly offers both of those elements.”
Key members of the SPRINT6GOLF team include Formula 1 presenter and entrepreneur Eddie Jordan and Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.
Eddie remarked, “I’m really excited about SPRINT6GOLF. It is the right step forward for golf to engage the younger generation with a more dynamic format.”
Gareth, who is keen to see golf grow in the right direction, commented, “I love golf, but it doesn’t always fit into my busy life. SPRINT6GOLF is the perfect solution, and it’s fun and fast paced. I’m excited to be part of something that’s going to have such a positive impact on the game.”
While SPRINT6GOLF can be played on any golf course at any time thanks to the interactive app, 32 clubs around the country will be invited to host qualifying events, each of which will put forward one amateur to compete in the 2016 Amateur Challenge National Final at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on 30th August.
These fun events will allow ‘SPRINT6ers’ the ability to play without the worry of slower golfers on the course – golf in the fast lane!
Clubs can get involved in SPRINT6GOLF, by registering at www.sprint6golf.com.
Golfers can get involved by downloading the free SPRINT6GOLF app, by visiting the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace and searching ‘SPRINT6GOLF’.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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